Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings From the Upper Midwest, 1937 - 1946
by James P. Leary
America's Upper Midwest is a distinctive region where indigenous and immigrant peoples maintained, merged, and modified their folk song traditions for more than two centuries. In the 1930s and 1940s, Sidney Robertson, Alan Lomax, and Helene Stratman-Thomas recorded roughly 2,000 songs and tunes throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Dance tunes, ballads, lyric songs, hymns, laments, versified taunts, political anthems, street cries, and recitations. The book extensively documents 187 tunes and songs in more than twenty-five languages, with full original lyrics and English translations, and biographical notes on the performers. The companion musical tracks and documentary film will be freely available for listening, viewing, or download through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin Libraries' Digital Collections Center. 430 pp.